Actors, Singers, Dancers, Musicians

  • Where instruments, equipment, furniture, props and other items are supplied from outside suppliers, these items should be sanitized prior to use
  • Avoid sharing microphones, musical scores, music stands and other items; items that must be shared should be thoroughly sanitized after each performer’s use
  • Avoid sharing instruments as transmission could occur from infectious droplets while playing, touching or blowing into an instrument recently used by an infected individual
  • Absorbent materials should be provided on the floor for brass players for collection of condensation; materials must be disposed of safely
  • Avoid mingling with audience members, venue staff or volunteers
  • Put measures in place to permit performers to maintain physical distance from other performers, and from other workers, whenever possible
  • Face coverings must be worn except when necessary for a performance or rehearsal. In these circumstances, the face covering should remain on until removal is necessary. Face coverings should then be replaced at the beginning of each break/intermission/scene and at the end of each call.
  • Singing and playing wind and brass instruments are considered higher risk activities because COVID-19 is likely to spread through respiratory droplets and aerosols resulting from deep breathing and forceful exhalation. Environmental factors such as ventilation and air currents may also affect dispersion of droplets and aerosols. There is currently little evidence to determine exactly what a safe distance would be between singers, wind and brass players and others, but greater distances can reduce risk. Research is underway to assess specific risks. Singers should be positioned side-to-side or back-to-back; avoid performing face-to-face even when three metres apart.

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